A sudden outbreak of burglaries struck the Plainview area within a matter of days last week.
Nassau County Police reported 20 break-ins in leass than one week in the Second Precinct. More than half of those were reported in Plainview and Old Bethpage.
The sudden rash of incidents corresponds to the early onset of darkness. Similar strings of burglaries have taken place for the last two years in a row in the fall, right about the time we change back to Standard Time.
The reason, police say, is in part due to residents who don't leave lights on at home. Burglars watch homes, for days sometimes, to determine if the resident is away. Leaving lights on can be a major deterrent, police said.
In addition to the slew of burglaries, the Woodbury Capital One Bank was robbed Tuesday at gunpoint. Two men weilding a semiautomatic handgun entered the bank and took an unknown amount of cash before escaping. Read the full report and descriptions of the subjects at large here.
The Second Precinct reported the following crimes: